Are you finishing Div II this semester? Make sure you revise your contract. The final contract should really describe what you have done and include all the courses and practical experiences you want included.
It should also have a title that you are happy with. The title does show up on the first page of your transcript. So make sure the title helps future employers and graduate schools understand what you have studied! Talk to your committee if you want feedback on your title.
Your CEL-2 is negotiated with your committee. Make sure you are talking with them about the kinds of experiences that would help you make a connection between your academics and the wider community. Might you take a course with a community engaged experience, do an internship, be placed with a local or national organization, or help with a community program based on campus? The activity can be on or off campus and could connect to something you are already doing.
CEL-2 is different from CEL-1. There is no website to sign up. The options are broader and might connect to your academic interests. Here are some examples of things students have done:
- Worked on a “Day at Hampshire College” (a college awareness and access program through CYL)
- Helped out in an afterschool program or classroom
- Worked at local survival centers or food pantries
- Worked at reproductive health conferences or agencies
- Worked on local farms or at the Hampshire Farm
- Worked on local housing justice campaigns
- Taught music or voice lessons to youth or college students
- Worked on theater productions
- Created web pages for local nonprofits
- Did research for a nonprofit
- Created dance programs in local senior centers or prisons
- Did a book drive for local schools or family centers
- Worked on a research journal through Five Colleges
- Served as a Teaching Assistant
- Was a signer for a club or ran an EPEC class
AND MANY MORE
To find a placement, you can visit one of these offices: Community Partnerships for Social Change in FPH, CORC in the Library, CYL office in Lemelson, Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program in FPH, Culture Brain and Development Program, or any other academic program.
After you have an idea of what you would like to do, talk to your advisor and add the activity on the Hub (add a CEL-2 activity is a menu item on your Div II tab). Make sure you talk to the potential sponsor and include their email on the Hub.
For more details, visit cel2.hampshire.edu
Each month one person who visits the site and answers the trivia question will be selected at random to win a $25 gift certificate to an area restaurant, grocery store or movie theater of their choice.
November’s Question: As you begin to choose courses and other experiences for next semester, what are you most looking forward to doing?
Where: Cole Science Center, Room 316
Learn how to plan and fund your study abroad experience while Div III students Mariah Salyer and Amber Bonarrigo recall their study abroad experiences from last semester and how they were funded by the Gilman Scholarship (http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program).
The Black Sheep is looking for students who are passionate and want their voices to be heard. In addition to journalism, the Black Sheep would love to expand the blog’s focus to include creative work that has a relevant message.
The Black Sheep is interested in a broad range of topics as can be seen by some the categories already featured on the Black Sheep website: Activism & Organizing, Climate Change, Disability Justice, Environmental Justice, Food Justice, Gender Justice, Health Care, HIV+ Rights & Dignity, Immigrant Rights, Indigenous Sovereignty, International Solidarity Labor, Opinions, Peace, Violence & Militarism, Policy & Advocacy, Population Control & Eugenics, Racism & Racial Justice, Reproductive Justice, Youth.
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Many students have more to learn about structuring their time and scheduling their work. Remember, you can’t have guilt-free play time unless you figure out how to get some scheduled work done. Here are some tips:
1) Make a weekly and daily schedule (actually keep a calendar) – write down the times you are in class, the times will be reading/writing, studying with a group of friends, etc. Consider the times of day you are at your best for the various tasks and write them down on your calendar!
2) Don’t be unrealistic about how long you can sit and read or write about your reading – make doable times. Add more shorter times if that works better than fewer longer times. Know yourself.
3) Hold these times sacred – turn off your phone, don’t surf the web, don’t answer friends who want to distract you. It is your time to do what you need to get done (you wouldn’t walk out on a boss, would you?). Let your friends know you are doing this so that they can be on your side instead of trying to undermine you. You might suggest they do the same thing.
4) Schedule some kind of treat for yourself if you finish your scheduled work – meet a friend for coffee or tea, go for a bike ride, take a hot shower, buy a new song. Wait until you meet your deadline to do it, though.
5) Make a to-do-list. There are some free tools for helping with this. Check out Trello. It is free and anyone can create an account. It helps you create lists and set priorities.
6) Invite friends for parallel play. Sometimes it works well to have someone else working nearby. Then you can congratulate each other when you are done!